Sushi, Pacific lobster … cheeseburgers: Japanese food fit for a president

Joe Biden’s hosts have treated him to Tokyo’s finest cuisine, but entertaining US presidents hasn’t always gone to plan

North Korea, China, trade and security. When US presidents visit Japan, the summit agenda practically writes itself. Deciding what to give them to eat, though, is a different matter altogether.

When the White House is occupied by someone with as unadventurous a palate as Donald Trump, the scope for showcasing the delicate flavours and aesthetic beauty of its cooking, or washoku, is limited.

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